“I am extremely happy with both our employee’s work ethic and professionalism. Her work reflects on the kind of program CDI has created in regard to massage therapy. A very good program, indeed!” - Tammy P., Hands On Massage Therapy – Employer of a CDI College Graduate

CDI College stands out among massage therapy schools for our dedication to our students' success. CDI College's Massage Therapy diploma program prepares students to become valued, well-paid members of the healthcare industry in private clinics, medical and rehabilitation centers, hospitals, spas, fitness facilities, or as self-employed massage therapists.

This diploma program teaches fundamental massage skills such as hydrotherapy, palpation, remedial exercise, and patient assessment. Students learn different types of massage treatments, along with medical topics including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology. Students will learn about professional topics such as industry ethics and professional communications.

A mandatory practicum, under the supervision of a registered massage therapist, gives students the chance to put their education to use in a real-world setting. Graduates are encouraged to register with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association.

This program is 44 weeks in length.

Job Opportunities
  • Private Clinics
  • Wellness Centres
  • Medical/Rehabilitation Centres
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Geriatric Care Settings
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Naturopathic Clinics
  • Health Spa/Hotels
  • Fitness Institutes
  • Sports Organizations
  • Theatre and Dance Groups
  • Tourist Destinations 
  • Cruise Ships
  • Self-Employment

Program Courses

The program outline below is for Alberta .

Code Course Name Hours
  • ITME Introduction to Therapeutic Massage 25

    • This course provides an overview to the field of massage therapy focusing on some basic massage techniques, ethics, hydrotherapy and remedial exercise. It is intended to provide students with a clear understanding of where their studies will take them in this program and what is involved in the preparation to become a licensed or registered therapist.
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies 25

    • This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
  • TM1E Treatment Massage I 100

    • More common conditions are addressed in the first year so students are prepared to deal with what is seen most often in a clinic. All components of a relaxation massage are completed as well.
  • MTTE Massage Theory 75

    • This course gives the student a foundation of Swedish massage theory. Theory of the principles of massage are introduced. Largely a practical class where each student integrates their growing knowledge of human anatomy with hands-on skills.
  • MTTE Massage Technique 100

    • This course gives the student a foundation of Swedish massage techniques. Practice of the principles of massage are introduced. Largely a practical class where each student integrates their growing knowledge of human anatomy with hands-on skills.
  • ANTE Anatomy I, II 150

    • This course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy from the cell through to the organism. It includes extensive coverage of all aspects of growth and repair in addition to recognizing surface anatomy as it relates to the structures underneath.
  • PSYE Physiology I, II 125

    • An introduction to functions in the body starting with basic chemistry and biochemistry. Building upon this base from cellular level to the level of the organism.
  • ETIE Ethics and Communications I 50

    • Students learn the code of ethics that guides the profession. The standards of practice are complied with from the onset of studies and students apply these principles to all aspects of the program.
  • HYAE Hydrotherapy I 50

    • Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water in any of its forms. Practical application and written theory on a variety of treatments are included in this course.
  • APAE Anatomy Palpation I, II, III 75

    • Using your hands to know the human frame by touch is the basis of this course. Bones, muscles and organs can all be assessed by touching and recording temperature, texture, tenderness and tone.
  • REAE Remedial Exercise I 50

    • The basis of understanding what exercises are needed to rehabilitate and/or prevent injuries. Theory and practical testing prepare students to deliver fitness advice.
  • PTYE Pathology 100

    • The focus of this course is the study of disease and anatomical abnormalities, and how the body responds and adapts to injury.
  • CAAE Clinical Assessment I, II 100

    • Once an understanding of the human body’s normal function is established, students begin to assess for differences through special orthopaedic tests which enable them to develop a clinical impression of a condition.
  • CPR1 CPR 15

    • Course description coming soon.
  • CI1E Clinic Internship 75

    • Towards the end of the program, students will apply their acquired skills in the school clinic weekly. Initially students bring friends or family and progress to treating the general public while being supervised by a Massage Therapist registered in the province of Alberta. Students perform assessments and treatments with guidance available at all times.
  • CEXE Clinic Externship / Outreach 30

    • Numerous outreaches are arranged and students select those that fit both their interest and schedule. A wide range of opportunities is provided to expose students to as many practical situations as possible.
  • PSKE Professional Skills 25

    • This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
  • CESE Career and Employment Strategies 25

    • This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview.
  • FX1E Final Examination 15

    • This program has 15 hours dedicated to final comprehensive examinations.